Happy New Year and Some Fun Facts

 Posted by DrJeff on January 1st, 2010

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This post is a Teachable Moment in the News and a Dr. Jeff’s Jeffism.


It’s been a wonderful year for me here at Blog on the Universe. We launched in May 2009, not knowing if the concept would catch on. It did, and in just 7 months I’ve had the good fortune of reaching and conversing with tens of thousands of educators, science and space enthusiasts, science writers, environmentalists, homeschool moms and dads, ed techs, and scifi fans. The Blog now has a pretty eclectic following … which is very cool.


To all of you that follow the ol’ blog, may you and your families have a healthy, joyous, and prosperous 2010! And my advice is live in the moment.


Now for something completely different (Monty Python?) While I was tweeting to my PLN earlier today I came up with some New Years fun facts and Jeffisms of sorts. Thought I’d collect them all and share them here with you. Teachers and parents, you might want to discuss these with your kids!


Ponder this: From the moment the New Year began to the end of the first day in 2010, YOU on Earth have traveled a whopping 1.6 MILLION miles (2.6 MILLION km) along Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

That’s the same as traveling 200 Earth diameters. Another way to think about it—today you traveled the diameter of Earth every 7 minutes … and you didn’t even feel a breeze.


I actually wrote a blog post about your travels through space aboard Spaceship Earth. If you liked my New Years thought above, you’ll really like this post.


Ponder this too: You may have been standing there watching the clock as it counted down to midnight. But actually … YOU were flying to the location of midnight on Earth at up to 1,000 mph (1,600 km/hr) due to Earth’s rotation. The clock was just keeping track of your flight. Did you remember to buckle up?


Fun fact: It’s 2010. Thank goodness we made it through another 31,557,600 seconds since New Years 2009. (Hummm that’s almost pi x 107 —that’s creepy.)


More pondering: the location in Earth’s orbit where you marked the start of YOUR 2010 orbit of the Sun is different from someone in another time zone.  In other words, someone on the opposite side of Earth from you started their New Year 800,000 miles (1,300,000 km) from where you started yours.


Earth to other planets: hey guys, I must be at that strange, rather non-descript place in my orbit again, ’cause the bipeds are all celebrating.


Other planets to Earth: we know, we saw fireworks sweeping across your surface as their cities and towns moved into midnight. Weird critters you’ve got living on you.


Pluto to Earth: hey if you were more like me, those bipeds would only celebrate every 240 Earth years!


Earth to Pluto: yeah but if I were more like you, there wouldn’t be any bipeds here, and hey, why am I talking to you anyway? You’re not a planet any more.


Pluto to Earth: even I think that’s pretty cold.


Hey gang, ready for another orbit of the Sun here at Blog on the Universe? May it be a safe journey, and I promise I’ll try to be a good guide.


—Doctor Jeff



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One Response to “Happy New Year and Some Fun Facts”

  1. David Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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